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Cotton House, Mustique, The Grenadines

Tropic Breeze Rating:5.0

The Cotton House is the only hotel on Mustique, arguably one of the most exclusive Caribbean islands in the heart of the Grenadines. The hotel is a hidden gem where guests can relax in luxurious surroundings, renowned to be one of the Caribbean's leading luxury resorts. 
The Cotton House is an elegant, sophisticated hotel set on a private 13 acre estate, situated on a picturesque hillside overlooking the Caribbean Sea to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
The accommodation comprises of 17 guest rooms, recently renovated cottages, suites and the presidential Cotton Hill Residence. Each room has the finest linens, bathrobes and bathroom products with a twice daily personal maid service. The rooms benefit from stunning views, private patios or verandas, and some even have private plunge pools. All are well stocked with a TV, books, magazines with a large selection of DVDs and CDs being available at reception.
The Executive chef and his team at the Veranda Rsetaurant create a daily menu combining the freshest Caribbean ingredients with imported delicacies from around the world to result in a wonderful a la carte menu.  There's also a Beach Cafe, which has recently been refurbished, for lunch and cocktails plus The Great Room Bar which serves cocktails, juices, wines and champagne.  Here guests can play the piano and enjoy the manager’s weekly cocktail party. 
The hotel sits between two beaches - both The Cotton House Beach and Endeavour Bay Beach are on the Caribbean Sea, while L'Ansecoy Beach is just a short stroll away and lies next to the Atlantic Ocean.  
Guests at The Cotton House can enjoy numerous watersports including windsurfing, snorkeling and scuba diving, with private sailing charters available upon request.  Mustique has its own Equestrian Centre as well as four floodlit tennis courts, access to nature hikes, fitness trails and glorious strolls along the beaches.  Guests can also rent ‘a mule’ (a motorized golf buggy) or a Jeep ideal for island roads and terrain.  Sailing or boating excursions can be arranged to nearby islands or to go snorkeling at the Tobago Cays.  The hotel will even put together a picnic basket for you if you decide that island exploration is the order of the day!
The Cotton House Spa is just steps away from the beach with a wrap around veranda and fantastic views of the Caribbean Sea and the gardens from all four treatment rooms. The hotel is also home to a fitness centre with cardiovascular equipment and limited free weights, as well as a boutique offering the finest in Caribbean and European linen clothing, swimwear, china and gifts.
Located just 30 minutes by air from St Lucia, Mustique is exclusive while also being a family friendly destination – with an overall area just over 2 square miles, it is a safe environment with a beautiful selection of beaches. The island and the Cotton House itself both truly are hidden gems.

Our Opinion

As soon as I landed in Mustique, I knew I had landed somewhere special. The Cotton House is a stunning and exclusive resort, but maintains a relaxed and unfussy feel.  I would definitely recommend hiring a mule- not a donkey I hasten to add, but in fact a golf cart style buggy- and heading to one of the beautiful beaches such as Macaroni Beach, although be careful to avoid the 100’s of tortoises that seem to constantly be crossing the road!! Cotton House will send you off with a picnic lunch and many times you will have the beach to yourself.

The food is absolutely delicious at Cotton House, and I was lucky enough to experience the managers cocktail party which takes place once a week. I love the rooms here, and they are nicely spread out throughout the small plantation style resort. If you can stretch the budget to a Superior or Deluxe Suite, I would highly recommend them both!

No trip to Mustique would be complete without experiencing a Sunday night at the famous Basil’s Bar- music and amazing food for all ages. If you can drag yourself away from the tranquillity of Mustique though- even for one day- a trip to some of the other islands in the Grenadines, or the Tobago Cays is a must!

- Julia

Fact File

Children:  Under 4s can stay free of charge when sharing with parents.  Children aged 4-17 years can also stay also free of charge on a B&B basis when sharing their parent's accommodation.  Children can be accommodated in Duplex Suites, Deluxe Room & Suites, Superior Rooms & Suites and the Residence.  Babysitting is available on request.
Distance from the airport: Guests will arrive in St Lucia and enjoy a short onward flight to Mustique taking approximately 30 minutes.
Travel Recommendations: We suggest that guests travel with an overnight bag in the event that the hold luggage does not get transferred from St Lucia on the same day due to short connection time if the international flight is late.
Beaches: The Cotton House sits between two beaches - The Cotton House beach and Endeavour Bay Beach (Caribbean Sea).  A short stroll away is L'Ansecoy Bay (on the Atlantic Ocean).
Facilities: Complimentary non-motorised water sports. Tennis courts, swimming pool, beach towels, snorkeling equipment, the Manager's weekly cocktail party, laundry, full unpacking and pressing service on arrival and a pillow menu.  Full butler service.  There is a CD and DVD library and Wi-Fi Internet connection. Guests can rent a 'mule' (motorised buggy) or jeep well suited to island roads and terrain.  Sailing or boating excursions are available to nearby islands or it is possible to go snorkeling at the Tobago Cays.  Mustique has an equestrian centre.
Cotton House Spa: Located just steps away from the beach, a two storey building with a wrap-around veranda.  The spa offers panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and gardens.  It offers a complete treatment menu for both male and female guests including aromatherapy, massage, facials, reflexology, body therapies, wraps, waxing, manicures and pedicures using E'Spa and Decleor products plus a large selection of aromatherapy oils.  Guests can also chose to have treatments in the privacy their own suite.  The Spa has a fitness centre with cardiovascular equipment, limited free weights and a retail boutique selling linen, Cotton House logo clothing, handmade jewelry, ceramics and gifts.
Room Service: Available from 7am - 11pm.
Meal Arrangements: B&B and half board options are available. Complimentary breakfast is served in The Veranda or in-room.
Restaurants/Bars: The Veranda Restaurant serves breakfast, tea and dinner twice a week.  Beach Café is available for dinner 5 nights a week, and daily for lunch and cocktails.  The Great Room Bar (open from noon until 23.00 hours) serves afternoon tea, cocktails, juices, a selection of wine and champagnes.  Picnic baskets are available on request. The Cotton House has an excellent cigar menu.
Wi-Fi Internet:  Available throughout the resort.
Minimum Stay: During the Festive Season, the minimum stay is 10 nights for Cottages, Duplex Suites and Grenadine Suites and 14 nights for Cotton Hill Residence.  Minimum stay is five nights in January and February.
Check In/Out: Guests are kindly asked to check in from 2pm and out at 12pm. (Complimentary late check-out will be extended up to 1pm subject to availability.)
Each of the hotel's 17 luxurious guest rooms, cottages and suites, including the two bed Cotton Hill Residence, offers exquisite features.  These include fine linens, bathrobes and bathroom amenities, a pillow menu, individual climate control air conditioning, ceiling fans, flat screen TVs and DVD players, a stocked mini-bar, iPod docking stations, Nespresso coffee makers, electronic in-room safes, mosquito net covered beds and a twice daily maid service. 
Each room offers panoramic views, most with private patios or verandas and some with plunge pools.  Rooms are stocked with books and magazines plus a large selection of DVDs, in addition pre-programmed I-pods are available. Complimentary unpacking and pressing service on arrival, high speed Internet access is available in guestrooms and throughout the resort.
Garden Cottages:  Charming West Indian style cottages which have recently been renovated, with views over the gardens. Bedrooms with king size beds with decorative netting, spacious dressing rooms and large bathrooms with walk in showers and separate areas for WC and dual basis. Each room now has an indoor lounge area as well as a new decking area furnished with lounge chairs and dining furniture.  Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 1 child
Seaview Rooms:  Views of the Caribbean Sea and sunset from elevated bathtub. Outdoor shower.  Bedroom with king sized bed and French doors opening onto a furnished wrap around veranda.  Maximum occupancy: 2
Deluxe Sea View Rooms:  All have views of the Caribbean Sea and the sunset.  These rooms feature separate baths and showers with lush tropical plants.  All rooms have French doors leading onto a private elegantly furnished veranda with a dining table, chairs, rattan sun loungers, a private plunge pool and pool deck. Ground floor rooms and suites feature a private plunge pool on a large patio or terrace.  Maximum occupancy: 2
Duplex Suites:  Suites are located in the landscaped hills of the resort overlooking the gardens and Caribbean Sea.  The upper floor of each suite features a master bedroom furnished with a king size bed, while downstairs is a livin room which can accommodate two additional guests. There is a spacious bathroom and a large private balcony for private dining or spa treatments.  Each has a spacious bathroom, fully equipped dressing room located on the upper and lower floors of the suite.  Perfect for families. Maximum occupancy: 4
One Bedroom Deluxe Garden Suite:  Suites are located in the landscaped hills of the resort overlooking the gardens and Caribbean Sea. All suites are on the ground floor and feature a bedroom furnished with a king size bed, a living area and separate dining area, and a spacious bathroom, powder room and dressing room. Outside is a large, furnished patio with a private plunge pool.  Maximum occupancy: 3
Two Bedroom Duplex Suites: Two bedroom suites which have been completely refurbished, consisting of a One Bedroom Deluxe Garden Suite and a first floor suite which is accessed by an external staircase. The ground floor suite has a king sized bedroom, living room, powder room, dressing room, main bathroom and private deck with plunge pool and sun loungers. The upstairs suite has a bedroom with a king sized bed or twin beds, living room, dressing room, bathroom and balcony on both sides. Maximum occupancy: 6
Cotton Hill Residence:  Situated on a hilltop with panoramic views of Mustique, the Atlantic Ocean and gardens, this is an extremely private two bedroom suite with a large private swimming pool.  The suite has its own dedicated staff including a butler.  Each bedroom is large and well appointed with king size beds with drapes, and spacious en suite bathroom with extra large soaking tubs and private outdoor shower. One of the bedrooms is set apart from the main living area in a small pavilion allowing total privacy.  This residence is the finest at the resort. Maximum occupancy: 5
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